Start-up Contest 2018
After the successful launch of Krypto Labs and corresponding contest in 2018, we are now offering an exciting new opportunity to start-up companies innovating within the drone technology sector.
DISC 2018 will grant the winning early stage start-up an opportunity to obtain up to $500,000 capital investment and enrolment in the incubator, in return for Krypto Labs receiving a stake in the business (refer to terms and conditions for further details).
Online applications can be submitted between January 28 and April 8, 2018. Submissions will be reviewed by the Krypto Labs team who will select a maximum of 20 shortlisted entries by April 12.
From these shortlisted start-ups, a jury of global experts in drone technology will select five finalists who will be invited to pitch to the Final Day Jury at our DISC 2018 Final Event in Abu Dhabi on May 6.
|January 28, 2018||
|April 8, 2018||
|April 12, 2018||
Top 20 shortlisted teams announced
|April 22, 2018||
Up to Five finalists announced
|May 6, 2018||
Up to five finalists will pitch live onstage at our Krypto Labs DISC 2018 Final Event.
Award and Benefits
The final winner
All five finalists
for their start-up.
from home country to Abu Dhabi.
MD at Founder Institute Montreal
Montreal, Canadalearn more
Sergio has a diversified investment portfolio of companies ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Wearables, EdTech, Productivity Softwares, eCommerce, MarketPlaces, FinTech to Consumer Apps.
Sergio is a tech entrepreneur having experience with Aerospace, eCommerce and Mobile Payment startups.
Deeply involved in the international entrepreneurial scene through his involvement as for entrepreneurial programs such as Startup Chile, Startup Peru, Startup Bootcamp FinTech London, MsB Tunisia, Kuwait National Fund, Techstars Startup Programs, Founder Institute, World Bank ‘Tech Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean’, and Creative Destruction Lab in Artificial Intelligence.
Founder and Chairman at Sanad Academy
Mansour Al Bloushi
Dubai, UAElearn more
Mr. Mansour Al blooshi is the founder and chairman of SANAD Academy and SANAD Film. Mansour was introduced to the field of UAVs early in 2001, Since then he has pursued his education and career in the field of UAVs. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Avionics in the west, Mansour has served as a certified UAV instructor and also offered consultancy services for government entities when the commercial UAVs were being introduced in the market. He has achieved the UAE Drones for Good Award in the national category for the year 2017.
SANAD Academy is the region’s first educational foundation dedicated towards sharing the knowledge of RPA Operation. The Academy works closely with the Civil Aviation Authority in the emirate of Dubai. The Academy serves as a certifying hub that not only educates but also tests the Civilian drone operators on their skill and airworthiness of their aircraft. The Academy also serves as a hub for innovation in drones where the potential of UAVs are explored across various fields by building and testing them.
Founder at Flybrix
Dr. Robb Walters
San Francisco, Californialearn more
Dr. Robb Walters is a founder at Flybrix, an education-focused drone developer. Flybrix offers reconfigurable drone kits featuring LEGO®-compatible building bricks and accompanying open source software.
Robb is a scientist turned entrepreneur. He earned his PhD in Applied Physics at Caltech and then worked at the FOM Institute in Amsterdam. In 2010, he moved to San Francisco to found Integrated Plasmonics, a nanotechnology-based spectroscopy company.
Robb joined the founding team at Flybrix in 2015 to build on his past experience in robotics during the DARPA Grand Challenge autonomous driving competitions. Technology development at Flybrix is focused on advancing the state of the art in low-cost vision-stabilization for drones to create “controlled airspace” for the classroom.
Co-Founder & CEO at Airscope
Dubai, UAElearn more
Mohammed Aziz has been part of the drone industry for over 7 years. During this time he founded 3 drone technology start-ups in the MENA, including Airscope Aerial Services, an industrial drone services company.
He also invented the world’s first smart life saving ring that won the UAE Drones for Good award prize of AED 1M.
Thorough his career he experienced civil drone technology revolutionize from its infant stage, through the implementation of drones in the ecosystem of Dubai Police and the RTA projects.
Founder & CEO at Social Glass. Co-Founder at Matternet.
San Francisco, USAlearn more
Paola Santana is a lawyer, public policy expert and tech entrepreneur. She’s the founder and CEO of Social Glass, a Silicon Valley-based company developing Artificial Intelligence-driven technology platforms to enable high-performing governments.
Previously she co-founded Matternet, a company pioneering the use of autonomous drone logistics networks as the next paradigm of transportation. She has collaborated with the World Bank, the OECD, the Dominican Republic’s National Elections Court and Constitutional Court, developing striking public infrastructure projects and strategic plans to integrate advanced exponential technologies into E-Government platforms.
More recently, her work at Matternet included running Matternet’s network operations and engaging with The White House, US Congress, FAA, NASA, and other key actors to enact comprehensive regulatory frameworks and allow the first commercial operations of drone transport networks worldwide.
Co-Founder & CEO at DRONAMICS
Sofia, Bulgarialearn more
As CEO, Svilen leads the business team at DRONAMICS in developing the world-leading cargo UAV “The Black Swan” – a fixed-wing aircraft that can transport 350 kg at a distance of 2,500 km.
In 2014 he co-founded DRONAMICS with a mission to revolutionize air freight. Svilen has been named one of Bulgaria’s 40 Under 40 list, and his work has led DRONAMICS to win numerous international awards, including Pioneers Festival.
Prior to DRONAMICS, he managed projects in marketing and business development on four continents. Svilen is an Economics graduate of Davidson College, USA.
CEO & Co-Founder at Stratyfy
New York, USAlearn more
Michael is currently the CEO of Stratyfy, a technology company which empowers experts in the financial services industry with transparent AI.
Prior to Stratyfy Michael has spent a decade at the intersection of technology and business at Intel Corporation and McKinsey & Company.
Michael holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Technion, IIT.
CEO and Founder at fragaX
Plovdiv, Bulgarialearn more
Kiril is CEO and founder of fragaX, a Bulgarian mature startup building reliable and productive UAVs.
Before that he worked in the German automotive industry on R&D projects for AUDI, BMW and Continental AG.
Kiril studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and Automotive Software Engineering at the Technical University Munich.
Co-Founder at ScienceVest
New York, USAlearn more
As the co-founder of ScienceVest, a venture capital fund in New York and San Francisco for hard-tech and life science companies, Ramphis invests in high-impact, translational scientific research companies “too late” for grants, but “too early” for traditional venture capital. Areas include AI, Robotics, SynBio, Medtech, Diagnostics, among others.
He is an engineer first (and lawyer), but has training/degrees in law, entrepreneurship, public policy, entrepreneurship education, and other useful skills. He is an NCEES licensed Professional Engineer (Computer Engineering). He is an alum of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (Engineering) and School of Law in Río Piedras (Law), and C.R.O.E.M. (High School) in Mayaguez.
Co-Founder & CTO at DRONAMICS
Sofia, Bulgarialearn more
As CTO, Konstantin leads the engineering team at DRONAMICS in developing the world-leading cargo UAV “The Black Swan” – a fixed-wing aircraft that can transport 350 kg at a distance of 2,500 km.
After studying Aerospace Engineering in the Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, Konstantin worked in Airborne Composites (the Netherlands).
In 2014 he co-founded DRONAMICS, with a mission to revolutionize air freight. Konstantin was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list, and his work has led DRONAMICS to win numerous international awards, including Pioneers Festival.
Terms & Conditions
The idea or early stage start-up represented by
the applicant must meet the following conditions:
1It must be categorized as being relevant to drone technology
2Technology should have a commercial application.
3It must be for-profit.
4It must be inventive, innovative or disruptive.
5It must be ready for incubation.
6The business proposal must be original work and applicants must hold all applicable rights in it.
7It must be submitted in English.
8A team of up to two people, or the individual representing the idea or start-up, must be available to pitch the project in person on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Krypto Labs in Abu Dhabi.